A family affair: Fundraising events raise £34,000 for Doddie Weir charity
04 December 2018
Scottish rugby legend and MND champion, Doddie Weir, was at Kingsfield Golf & Leisure today (4 December 2018) to collect a cheque for £34,000 from local business owners Robert, Jane and Susan Arkley.
The entrepreneurial trio are no strangers to charitable giving and have hosted two successful fundraisers at Kingsfield this year – a celebrity pro-am event in June and Kingsfield’s annual charity golf tournament in August.
‘The Source Telecom Doddie’5 Tartan Texas Scrumble’, in association with the Stephen Gallacher Foundation, provided an opportunity to play alongside European tour golfers Stephen Gallacher, Richie Ramsay and Marc Warren, as well as rugby’s Chris Paterson and Peter Wright, and football’s Kris Commons.
‘Katie’s Cup’ is held every August and has become a major event in the local golfing calendar; this year was no exception. The teams for the event sold out in record time such was the commitment of everyone to get behind Doddie and back his efforts.
Every year, the Arkley family choose to support a different charity that represents a cause close to their hearts. In February this year, they pledged to support the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation that was set up by the ex-rugby international to raise money and to aid research into the causes of MND, the as yet incurable disease that he suffers from.
Commenting on the rugby legend’s condition, Robert said: “He’s the most genuine, down-to-earth man you could meet and whenever he’s at Kingsfield, his presence fills the place. MND is such a degenerative disease but, quite simply, we’ve been in awe of Doddie’s energy and tenacity in doing all he can to support other people battling with the disease and raising money to help find a cure. We’re very proud to champion this with him.”
Doddie, who announced his diagnosis on 21 June 2017, Global MND Awareness Day, added: “I am inspired daily by the efforts people are going to when it comes to fundraising. It’s with enormous thanks to people like Robert, Jane and Susan that we’ve been able to make donations to several organisations this year to the tune of £1m, with more to follow in the next 12 months. I’m delighted to accept this cheque from my friends at Kingsfield and would like to thank everyone that has taken to the green this year. Together we’re doing everything we can to help find a cure.”